AOTY 2021

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2009 Ratings: #1 / 883
Year End Rank: #1
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2009 Ratings: #2
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Like the best experimental rockers surging toward nirvana ... Animal Collective have not only created a private soundworld like none other, they've also made it an inviting place to visit.

A.V. Club

Merriweather's sound plays like both a summation and an expansion of everything Animal Collective has done so far, with a sharper focus on melody and more emboldened vocals that drive the songs.

No Ripcord

MPP is a dense studio record with a prominent synthetic pulse, but AC does not jettison warmth by leaning ‘lectronic, instead defying the sterility associated with its own techniques. 

Consequence of Sound

The boys of Animal Collective have mapped out some previously uncharted waters, producing a style of music that could belong to no one else; a distinctive, flawless fusion of the semi- automated and the wholly organic. 


Merriweather Post Pavilion just proves Avey Tare and Panda Bear are expert songwriters, turning in a grandstand of production and editing.

Slant Magazine

Soulful and almost structurally flawless, Merriweather finds one of the most talented, most creative pop bands finally and gloriously figuring it all out.


It’s a rare contemporary album that sounds like it couldn't have been made at any other time or by any other band.


Go ahead, call it undoubtedly one of the best albums of the 21st century. You might even be right when you look back on this.


What they've constructed here is a new kind of electronic pop-- one which is machine-generated and revels in technology but is also deeply human, never drawing too much attention to its digital nature.


While calling Merriweather a mature album may sound terribly condescending, as though past efforts were primarily driven by impetuous recklessness and a general lack of self-awareness, this is the first time that the band has fully realized the power of restraint.


This constant desire to distort and blur their own songwriting template, to produce songs with wild time structures (“Lion in a Coma”) and filled with noise of indeterminate origin (the sound of machinery screaming halfway through “In the Flowers”) will make us return to Merriweather Post Pavilion time and time again.

Pretty Much Amazing

The strength of this album is certainly in the subtle details; details that sometimes take minutes to reach. This is not an album that you can pick up, listen to the opening hook, and know if you'll like.


This is the new indie ethos: Don’t think; dance.

Entertainment Weekly

It cleaves closer to Pitch’s more listener-friendly aesthetic, abandoning the self-indulgent impulses that sometimes muddied last year’s Strawberry Jam for an album full of effervescent, transportive oddity.

Drowned in Sound

Is Merriweather Post Pavilion the flawless album that it's been willed to be? Taken as a whole I'd say it's pretty damn close. 

Tiny Mix Tapes

On Merriweather, their art reminds us that immersion in Western tropes need not be met with scorn, that not all of its idioms have yet been exhausted, that embracing optimism and melody can still be so relevant -- and it aches in the most soulful of ways.


Oozing fun out of every pore, this record is the perfect tonic to the increasingly troubled times that 2009 brings with it and will most likely feature on many of those Best Of lists come December.


Merriweather Post Pavilion is a masterstroke, a release so fun to listen to it makes you actually hopeful for the new year, not just for music but for life in general.

Beats Per Minute

This is a band at the heights of its powers, fully in command of its sound and its creative process, unafraid to try basically anything.


This record delivers on so many different levels, and lives up to, and some would say even exceeds, the lofty and often preposterous expectations of the blogosphere.

American Songwriter

Their seventh LP once again proves that Animal Collective are as musically divergent as they are prolific. 

Resident Advisor

Merriweather Post Pavilion is an expressionistic plea for fun and free by a band that's always relied more on atmosphere than lyrical sway, but one that wastes no sound for such complex arrangements.

Spectrum Culture

Merriweather Post Pavilion is the epitome of what it means to become more accessible without abandoning eccentricities, exploration, and sheer weirdness.

Coke Machine Glow

If Merriweather Post Pavilion represents its progenitors’ conscious choice to replicate the live experience—or at least craft something monumental and loud enough to be worthy of an outdoor festival—on record, then this is an album which, like any good concert, must be felt.


‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ is a crate-digging, blog-reading, lost treasure-unearthing music nerd’s world of influences distilled into something that anyone, people who don’t even know what a blog is, can get immediately, and keep on getting at different levels.


Merriweather plays like the summation of a long, strange trip, combining the group’s career touchstones: harmonic Beach Boys pop, African tribal chants, minimalism, minimal techno, psychedelia, and dub.

The Skinny

A rich, multi-layered amalgamation of the band's past, Merriweather Post Pavilion captures the cascading feints of their less-celebrated roots and cloys them together with Strawberry Jam's pyrotechnic showers, producing an instantaneous and exhilarating imprint of Animal Collective in the here and now.

The Guardian

Animal Collective's hugely-anticipated ninth album is their most "pop." And yet, initially it makes no sense at all.

NOW Magazine

This is definitely an album designed for the iPod generation, recorded with repeated headphone listening rather than stadium rocking in mind.

Rolling Stone

The ninth disc from this Brooklyn/Baltimore crew tries balancing shameless beauty with ecstatic weirdness, and when they nail it, it's breathtaking.

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This album blew my fucking minddddd. JEEZ I love this thing. Ever since hearing this for the first time, it has literally been on repeat for days. It’s so catchy, memorable, and emotional all at the same time I love the lyrical topics here, ranging from caring for the ones you love, and getting high in a field haha. It’s all super interesting to me though, and it makes these songs come to life even more than they ... read more
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